About XVI Agricultural Science Congress

The XVI Agricultural Science Congress is being organized by the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS). The Congress will be hosted by the ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi from 10 to 13th October 2023 in offline mode. The venue of the congress is Hotel Le Méridien, Kochi, Kerala. The President, NAAS, New Delhi, cordially invites you to attend the Congress and actively participate in the deliberations.

The theme of the Congress is "Transformation of Agri-Food Systems for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals". With the increasing demand for food, degrading environmental conditions, and looming climate change challenges, it becomes imperative that we transform our agri-food systems into sustainable enterprises to facilitate its benefits to be just, equitable and last for generations to come. The Congress aims to bring together leading academicians, researchers, research scholars, students, farmers, entrepreneurs, etc. to exchange and share their research findings, ideas and experiences..

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Major Events

Plenary, Special and Invited Lectures by Eminent Scientists

Technical Sessions on Thematic Areas

Symposia and Panel Discussions

Poster presentations

Interaction with Farmers and Industry

Student Activities

Agri Expo

NAAS Business Meeting


Panel Discussion


Farmer-Scientist Interaction

The event will provide ample opportunities for the participating farmers/ stakeholders to interact with Scientists in the specialised fields to ask questions, clear doubts and gather technology/packages of practices to make their activities more efficient.

Convener : Dr. Ashok K. Singh, Vice Chancellor, Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University, Jhansi

Industry Interface

The industry interface will provide a forum for scientists, farmers and academia to interact with agro-industry representatives to understand the issues, challenges and needs of the sector in order to strengthen collaborations.

Convener : Dr. S.N. Jha, Deputy Director General. Agricultural Engineering. ICAR, Delhi

Inter-University student elocution contest

A student elocution contest on a topic of contemporary relevance will be organized. Participants from state Agricultural Universities/Deemed to be Agricultural Universities/Central Agricultural Universities can apply for the contest.

Convener : Dr. Anupama Singh, Joint Director (Education) and Dean, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute

ASC Agri Expo 2023

ASC Agri Expo 2023 will an important event at the Congress as more than 1500 delegates, large number of Farmers and local public are expected to visit the exhibition. It will provide public and private sector agricultural research Institutes/Universities, Agro-industries, Extension agencies, NGOs an opportunity to showcase their innovative technologies.

Convener : Dr. A.Gopalakrishnan, Director, ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi

Cultural programes

A cultural evening has been planned on the day of inauguration to display the best of the diverse performing / fine arts of the country

Important Dates

01 March 2023

01 April 2023

15 September 2023

16 September 2023

20 September 2023

About NAAS

The National Academy of Agricultural Sciences (NAAS), established on 5th June 1990, serves as a unique think tank and an important forum for harnessing science to enhance productivity, profitability, equity, and sustainability of Indian agriculture. The Academy has since emerged as a vibrant organization devoted to promoting agricultural research, education, knowledge pool, national and international partnerships, and science-society interface towards transforming agriculture and the related policies leading to comprehensive food, nutrition, livelihood, and ecology-secured and climate-smart India. Its mission is to promote excellence in science, act as a credible think tank of the scientific community and provide science-based inputs for policy options for vibrant agriculture.

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